What's your favorite way to "tan" safely? Perhaps you're a bronzer girl all the way, or maybe you bust out the self-tanner the minute the temperature rises one-half degree above 60. Whatever the case, 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski wants to you go about getting your glow on in a smart way. Jane, who has partnered up with Jergens and The Skin Cancer Foundation, recently talked about her involvement with the cause. Find out more about what she likes about self-tanning, along with what's up next for the actress and singer, when you read more.
You know how I'm always preaching about the importance of wearing a sunscreen, and by now, I'm sure you know that tanning beds are bad news. But if you are looking for the benefits of a glowing tan without the life-threatening side effects, you've got options. Jergens and The Skin Cancer Foundation have paired up with Jane Krakowski to put out an important — and might I add, rather humorous — video message. Each time this awareness-raising spot is viewed from now until Aug. 31, Jergens will make a $1 donation (up to $20,000) to the foundation. Jane has lots to say about her latest endeavor, so to find out more, just keep reading.
In a few short weeks, I'm off to visit some friends who live right along the waters of Lake Erie, so I've got beach gear on the brain. After searching facial moisturizers with SPF protection, I came across Jennipoo's review of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 ($18.50), for which she calls an "excellent moisturizer for normal to oily skin." Here's what else she had to say:
I'm a huge fan of Kiehl's, especially their moisturizers. It's perfect, super lightweight, absorbs very quickly into the skin, and my skin hasn't had any reaction/break outs to it! If you have super dry skin, I'd get the Ultra Facial Cream, which I used in the Winter. It's nongreasy and moisturized for 24 hours (and that's a real 24 hours — not a gimmick they stick on the label).
Now it's your turn to add to our ever-expanding Product Review website. Do you have any beach-going favorites you'd like to share? Let us know about it.
Jergens's Skin Smoothing Cellular Renewal Moisturizer ($4.50) has exfoliating beads, along with natural fruit acids and hydrators. It sounds like a great Summer essential to me. But, does reader Nycbeauy9349 like the results this multitasking lotion gives? Find out below:
I'm so obsessed with this Jergen's lotion. I honestly would choose this over any other lotion were price not an option. But, hey, I won't complain that it is under 10 bucks. It goes on even and soaks right into your skin. My skin never feels dry throughout the day and I usually reapply at night before bed.The beads seem to do their thing because it really gives my skin a nice glow and even texture. Great find!
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Back when I lived in the frozen tundra that is Chicago, my building was equipped with old-school heaters. You know, those "steam" registers that get so hot, you could use them as cooking units. The problem with those clickety-clack heaters? While they were "steam" radiators, they actually made the air so dry that I'd wake up parched. My skin was beginning to suffer.
Since I didn't really have room for a humidifier (no, seriously, it was a tiny studio), my friend suggested I put a pot of water on the hotter-than-hot register to bring moisture into the air. You know what? Her makeshift humidifier worked wonders. Not only did my skin improve, but I slept so much better, too.
I had never heard of Maria Galland skin-care products until I went to the Thalazur Thallasothèrapie & Spa in France. It was there where I was introduced to her Gentle Soothing Cream that has significantly changed the overall tone of my skin. For those of you with sensitive skin, I know you can relate to having redness and irritation on your face from just about anything. Having sensitive skin means that the natural defense that your skin has is in a weakened condition and if it's not cared for properly, it will continue to become more reactive.
I love that this cream is quite light in texture, and it absorbs quickly. As soon as I apply it to my face, I feel like it's working to soothe, soften, and protect (yes, it contains SPF)!
Also, it has really light, kind of old-school pharmacy scent to it that I don't have much of an adversity toward, although my special someone told me that I smelled like his grandmother and I don't think that's a compliment. Barring the old-fogey smell and the cost (it's $126 for 50ml), I think this sensitive skin cream is aces.
Clarins HydraQuench Cooling Cream-Gel ($48) is on my list for gym essentials. I like it because it's a great way to prepare your skin for post-workout beauty. You know how after you've just exercised your face is flushed, sweaty and tends to stay that way for a while even after you've showered? This product helps to cool your skin and tighten up your dilated pores. This controls shine and allows you to apply your makeup without feeling wet and messy.
Aside from cooling and drying your face, it's also good for your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid (for suppleness), katafray extract (prevents moisture loss) and inca peanut oil (firms and minimizes wrinkles).
It is recommended for those with normal and combination skin, and makes for a terrific tropical vacation moisturizer. Also, it has an interesting cool gel-like texture, but it looks like a cream. Apply a small amount to the center of your face and work your way outwards (in small circles). If anyone else has tried this, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
When I first heard about Yu-Be, I was dying to know what the hype was about. When I heard it had been used in expeditions of Mount Everest, I was sold. If a cream can prevent chapping at 30,000 feet, I needed to see what it would do for my hands down here at sea level.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Yu-Be is packaged in a retro-looking tube with Japanese writing on the outside. It made me feel as though I had my hands on the very same product that Yoshikiyo Nowatari concocted in his lab back in 1957. I am a tough critic when it comes to hand creams; I expect nothing less than mega-moisture without an ounce of greasiness. Luckily, Yu-Be can be described as just that. A dab of the yellow, salve-like cream was absorbed instantaneously into my hands, leaving them super soft without a trace of slipperiness.
The only drawback to this wonderful stuff is the overwhelming medicinal smell of camphor. But it makes me feel like it is actually healing my hands, and it dissipates within a minute or two of application. One thing's for sure: I'm keeping this little tube of Yu-Be.
Yesterday I told you a little bit about some firming bust creams, and today we're moving up on the body by focusing on creams to firm your face. Firming facial creams can help to minimize the appearance of your pores, and some can topically and temporarily suspend muscle contractions in your face — similar to what Botox does, but without the side effects.
Tracie Martyn Firming Serum ($185) is a favorite among celebrities, so I was really excited when I received a sample to test. I used it only a few times, but I found it to be calming, moisturizing, and brightening.
Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream ($77) is more for women in their 40s and up. The medium-weight cream has a very clean smell, and it claims to firm, tone and reduce those stubborn fine lines on your face. I found it to be soothing and it left my skin looking plump and smooth, but I didn't feel any particular sensation when I applied it, so it's hard for me to judge if it really worked.
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Are you suffering from dry, flaky, and cracking skin but are sick of paying for expensive moisturizers that you're not even sure you're going to like? This (surprisingly) easy and affordable DIY recipe for a hydrating face cream may be just the thing you've been waiting to cook up!
To make two 50 g jars, you'll need:
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